Sundance: Oculus Debuts Short VR Film, ‘Lost,’ from Story Studio
Oculus VR is debuting its first short film at Sundance today. Called “Lost,” the film was directed by Saschka Unseld, who has worked on multiple Pixar films like “Toy Story 3” and the short “The Blue Umbrella.”
Unseld heads Story Studio, Oculus’s virtual-reality film division made up of creators from Pixar and video game developers. The 10-person team has the goal of creating examples of VR films to get filmmakers excited about the idea of, well, creating VR films and getting Hollywood in on the trend.
“Lost” is the first movie created internally at Oculus. The film runs for about five minutes, but viewers can actually determine how long they stay in the “experience” for, since they get to examine the film’s environment as if they were actually in it. In other words, it’s not a linear film experience, which seems to be the direction VR content is (logically) taking.
To accomplish its goals, Story Studio’s plans, for now, seem to entail recruiting more VR filmmakers and working towards producing more original content for Oculus VR.Tags: lost, oculus, Oculus VR, Pixar, story studio, Sundance Film Festival, sundance film festival 2015, virtual reality